A Library, Be-Ro, Some Wine Boxes and My Cook Book Collection……
Dom over at Belleau Kitchen gave us July off from cooking (in his Random Recipes challenge), and instead, asked us all to take photos of our books, bookshelf or bookshelves and library……..a sort of Random “Show and Tell”! I was going to take a video of my cook book areas, and I MAY still do that, but as the month seems to rush away from me and time for posting is getting tight, I decided to share my photos now, as I DID take them about TWO weeks ago after all! I was excited to “show and tell” my cookbooks, and thought it was a GREAT challenge, but, I am also slightly embarrassed, as my cookbook area, or should I say areas, are scattered all over the house and are vast……it could be said, that I am a bit if a cookbook addict!
The problem of scattered books is further compounded by the fact that I have book collections in TWO countries too…..England and France! But, it my French library I am sharing today……..and, yes, I DO have wine boxes in my library…….PLEASE let me explain! I have a lot of cookbooks, and we (the “Royal We” as in my husband and I) also have many OTHER books too, as we are both avid readers…….so, yes, we DO have what can be called a library, although the room that holds most of our books is next to the kitchen and is called the “Den”! So, when my cookbook collection spilled off the book shelves, there was only one thing for it, USE wine boxes to store them in, and slot them under the bureau and bookcase for easy an easy “sliding out” action…..
And, I think they also add a certain rustic French charm, to the décor of the room too…….NOT all of the wine boxes as shown in the photos hold cookbooks, but I would say that about SIX of them do! The rest of my books are housed in a more conventional manner – on bookcases, although, I always seem to have a stray stash of books by my laptop in the office, as well as next to my bed, and on the kitchen table…..oh, yes, and on a chair too…….and I also have my precious Be-Ro cookbooks collection IN a folder and IN a drawer!
My kitchen also has several handy book shelves built in to the units, so the vast amount of my books are kept on the shelves next to pots and pans………
……as well as the tea towels and “under sink” cupboard or “glory hole” of cleaning aids and brillo pads…….
…….and then there is a VERY old bookcase in the “Den”…..well, as nearly as old as me, as it was MY very own bookcase that I had in my bedroom when I was a little girl and came from Hong Kong, where I lived until I was in my teens; instead of Malcolm Saville and Silver Brumby books that I used to have on it, I now have all of my bigger hard back cookbooks…..
….and then there is the ONE shelf I am allowed in the “educational and entertainment” section of a bookcase that is also in the “Den”……..
…..over towards the window, and underneath a coffee table, there are TWO more wine boxes full of books, and magazines……….
….and then there is a “stash” of books in the Breakfast Room…..mainly BIG books, that cover Spain, France and Europe……
……leaving the breakfast room and passing by my office area (a small table in the entrance hall!), there is a random pile next to my laptop as well as a sliver of VERY old books in a bookcase next to my desk…….
……have I finished yet, I can sense you thinking or saying, well NOT quite, there is STILL the pile I ALWAYS have on the kitchen table of course, and I didn’t bother to take photos of the ones on a chair and also the SMALL pile on my bedside table, and then there’s the ones in England too………do I have a cookbook problem? PROBABLY! But, I can assure you that for every cookbook I own, there will be at least four to five other NON cooking books to match it……we are proper old-fashioned book worms!
My books are spread over at least five rooms, and here to out it all in perspective, are three of the rooms – the breakfast room, the kitchen and the Den….
So that’s it! The tour is over and you are all now acquainted with my obsession about books…..I’ll leave you with ONE more pile of books, another photo that I just found, and say a cheery goodbye……see you later, and have a great weekend. Karen